First mason bee house attempt but a few questions

ming001(8)June 22, 2013

I'm giddy with excitement that I may have attracted mason bees so quickly. Of course I'm not 100% sure that's what is inside the plugs but I have my fingers crossed. I have checked Gardenweb and the web in general but can't find a comprehensive idea of what I should or shouldn't be doing.

I live in GA and only put up the house about a month ago so I thought it may be too late in the season to attract bees. I'd read that it was best to put them out in early spring.

Assuming there are indeed mason bees to be inside, is there anything I need to be doing between now and next spring when they (or something) emerge?

Can the house remain on my porch over the winter as is? I read that woodpeckers etc will try to make a meal out of them and while I love woodpeckers I would rather they eat the suet I have out for them.

Once the guests check out I understand the house should be cleaned out to prevent disease etc. Is there a particular time I should do this? And how do I accomplish that? This house pictured is wood and I have one in the back made of bamboo (both from Gardener's Supply)

Any general info is much appreciated.

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charlieboring

I have a house also and had to protect it with a "hail wire" cover to prevent birds from eating the bees. In GA you are probably okay leaving it on the porch through the winter. In colder areas, it is often advisable to move it to an unheated shed for the winter.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 1:34PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Plenty of info on the web. Search for "raising mason bees" but no quote marks.

You might start here
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Other/note109/note109.html

Here is a link that might be useful: mason bees

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 2:10AM
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